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Bernie Sanders' Brand of Socialism — More Karl Marx or FDR?

By now, everyone knows that Bernie Sanders calls himself a democratic socialist. What's not nearly as clear is what that actually means.

For voters who lived through the Cold War, the term "socialist" is loaded with baggage, dating to the assassination of the Russian tsar and his family in the early 20th century and Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev's 1960s standoff with President John F. Kennedy over missiles in Cuba.

Socialism in that pop-culture shorthand is the antithesis of "the American way," or capitalism.

But in reality, there's a vast spectrum between the two systems at their most ideological: A democratic socialist might...


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